Tech giant and one of the largest manufacturers of mobile phones announced the start of the production of mobile phones in Pakistan. This will not only lift the hopes of the country’s authorities and the industry but would also help a great deal in cutting down the import bill of the country in the near future.
Faisal Subzwari, Chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Industries and Production, announced:
“We were informed that Samsung has formally started its production,”
This matter came to light this Tuesday at the meeting that was held at Samsung’s production site and the company’s top managers and senators received a briefing on the growing new sector and the challenges ahead for the industry in Pakistan. He further stated that:
“It’s really good to know that the company has started production within a short span of four months,” Mr Subzwari said. “We visited the production facility which was designed on modern lines and obviously the local manpower, support of local industry and conducive environment provided by the government led to such achievement. But still I believe that we need to move forward from just growing in the assembling area to localisation of the industry.”
Pakistan has witnessed robust growth in the production of cell phones locally. With evidence from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) data, the local manufacturing plants have doubled the production of mobile phones to 18.87 million against 45 million import of mobile phones.
The mobile phone industry believes it will take time in order to achieve the desired results and this new initiative has finally opened doors towards rapid growth.
Mohammad Ali Tabba, chief of the Lucky Group which partners with Samsung to produce mobile phones in Pakistan, states:
“With production of around 250,000 to 300,000, we aim to produce around 3m cell phones every year,”
He further adds to the statement that:
“The whole production line is manual with no robotic assistance. So you can imagine how much workforce is required offering employment in this absolutely new area of engineering in Pakistan.”
Moreover, this will hail massive opportunities for everyone in the form of employment, local capacity building, investment, and export opportunities.